Animated Axe Cop? What the what?

Axe Cop fan art from Themrock

Honestly, though, it’s actually pretty cool news. From the AV Club:

Squarely hitting the entertainment sweet spot that unites 5-year-olds and the totally stoned, Fox has announced plans to develop Axe Cop—an adaptation of the web comic co-created by brothers Malachai and Ethan Nicolle—as the first addition to its burgeoning late-night Saturday animation lineup. For the unfamiliar, Axe Cop concerns a policeman who wields a firefighter’s axe (so it’s not just a clever name) as he battles crime with the help of various allies such as another cop who is also a flute but sometimes a dinosaur and occasionally an avocado, and a magical wish-granting baby with a unicorn horn. “What, did a little kid write this?” sneering skeptics ask, only to be chagrined to discover that, why yes, Malachai began writing Axe Cop in 2010 at the age of 5, and so those people should feel bad.

So there you go, folks. Axe Cop. The animated series. On FOX. And you know what? I think it’s going to work out. I mean… it can’t be more incomprehensible than 12 oz. Mouse.

EDIT: Now that I read Comics Alliance take on things, it turns out that Fox’s animation director is Nick Weidenfeld, who used to managed Adult Swim … which, once upon a time, aired 12 oz. Mouse. And, while we’re at it, Perfect Hair Forever.

Ah, so. It is so clear now.


Posted on April 24, 2012, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. That’s nice to hear for Ethan. In some circles “Axe Cop” gets a bad wrap, but everything I’ve seen and heard about Ethan makes him come off as a decent guy. Good for him!

    • Plus the character designs are pretty solid. And I don’t think the episodes themselves will be written by a five year old, just inspired by the original. (I hope.) If things go well, I imagine that this could become “The Tick” for the current generation.

  2. this could open the doors for webcomic artists,

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